I love good news stories. In a world that has plenty of tragedy and daily reports of folks who are lying, stealing, cheating, or hurting others – I welcome a story that reminds of the good in people. Such is the case today, a good news story about local grocery store owner Joe Lueken from the Bemidji Pioneer.
Joe has been living in the Bemidji area for about five decades and is well-known in the community for being a great guy who helps out folks wherever and whenever he can. As such, it should not come as a surprise that Joe’s last hurrah as he begins to wind down toward retirement is going to be transitioning his family business to an employee-owned business.
When it is all said and done in about five years the 200 or so employees of Lueken’s will be the owners. As Lueken tells the Bemidji Pioneer, “It’s not just a job anymore, they’re part of it…any success that they reap, they’ll benefit from it; and not only them but their families.”
Way to go Joe! What a tremendous opportunity he is giving the employees at Lueken’s Village Foods; and, what a legacy he is leaving in the community. For all the days, months, years, and decades that Lueken’s doors are open folks will know that this is the place that Joe built – the place where employees moved from just being workers to being owners. What a great story for the Labor Day weekend!
Day one thousand one hundred and fifty-four of the new forty – obla di obla da